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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 13, 2010 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the 'acid test' - GD are cowboys! - issue resolved

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Sittin' On Top of The World

Hillbillies or Cowboys - take your pick - a.k.a. "the Pokes"

item on The Archive
Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: March 26, 1968
Venue: Melodyland Theater
Location: Anaheim, CA

Sittin' On Top of The World — mp3, 3:23, Jerry Garcia lead vocals
Source: unknown Audience — earliest AUD recording of this tune on The Archive


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After the applause, a GD cowboy says "Well, we never did that one very good even when we were doing it."

Next track is Dark Star, mp3, 7:30. Only a Grateful Dead cowboy band would play these 2 songs back-to-back.

Sittin' On Top of The World

performed by other "Cowboy" & "Hillbilly" bands:

Lazy River 1976 SBD
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Sittin' On Top of The World - mp3, 4:57, Vince Gill lead vocals
mixed & taped by Monte

Lazy River w/ 15-year-old Mark O'Connor 1976 SBD
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Sittin' On Top of The World - mp3, 7:51, Eric Weber lead vocals
mixed & taped by Monte

Newgrass Revival 1975 SBD
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Sittin' On Top of The World - mp3, 3:10, Sam Bush lead vocals
mixed by Hazel Johnson & taped by Monte

Bluegrass Alliance 1975 SBD
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Sittin' On Top of The World - mp3, 4:08, Vince Gill lead vocals
mixed & taped by Monte

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 13, 2010 8:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the 'acid test' - GD are cowboys! - issue resolved

Ah, there we go....that 'cowboy song' is as cowboy as the Dead could get... (Then there's Weir singing Frozen Logger every so often...)
Funnily enough, Sittin' on Top of the World was originally a kind of pop/blues song (written by a black Mississippi stringband), released as a 'race record' in 1930 that quickly became popular among both black & white singers. (The Depression probably had a lot to do with that.)
It was adopted by bluegrass, so there's two different traditions for that song, the fast bluegrass version & the slow blues version.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 29, 2011 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the 'acid test' - GD are cowboys! - Monte B Cowboy!

There's another Cowboy Song that's actually titled, "Cowboy Song". If Willie Nelson had put this out, it would have sky-rocketed to the top of the charts. It was written by my friend, John Jump. This Cowboy Song was performed by Lazy River in 1976. Vince Gill is playing fiddle. Soundman Monte Barry adds a touch of sound effects to that, mixes the soundboard, records it onto cassette tape with his Nakamichi 550, transfers it 3 years, and puts into the Live Music Archive.

Lazy River's arrangement is beautiful. There are five musicians, no drums. Had they done an arrangement for recording this Cowboy Song in a professional studio, they could have added some more instruments and some drums. It's a beautiful song. This version is my favorite "Cowboy Song". Cowboys and music lovers should give this a listen.

Cowboy Song - mp3 track - John Jump, lead vocals - 4:47

Monte B Cowboy

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